The majority of my work is with people in multinational organisations who are grappling with tricky projects and programmes of change. Tricky usually means a combination of:
* risky, with uncertain outcomes;
* working with virtual team members dispersed around the globe;
* complex and often ambiguous requirements;
* complex and often culturally diverse mix of stakeholders, who need to be interested, engaged and involved.
With this context, I work to bring order and clarity, providing support and tools to cut through the problems and to emerge successful, delivering benefits at the same time as developing the individuals involved. Facilitation skills are fundamental to my work, especially in risk management and business analysis.
People say that they enjoy my talks, either on stage or via webinar, where I explain how you can apply the tips and tricks described in my books to powerful effect in your own organisation.
I enjoy writing about complex, tricky issues in a simple and engaging way. My brief stint doing doctoral research made me realise how much I disliked writing that made the reader work hard to understand, so I try hard to do the opposite!
I'm delighted to work in partnership with others, including:
*** Ruth Murray-Webster, co-author of 'A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management', who has a deep understanding of Risk Management and how to make it work in the real world
*** Vanessa Randle, illustrator extrodinaire, to include wonderful cartoons and graphics to bring the text to life.
*** James Archer, co-editor of 'Business Analysis: Leadership for Change', for his innovative and sometimes quirky but always insightful perspective on change
*** many, many brilliant co-authors from the business analysis world for their contributions to 'Business Analysis: Leadership for Change'
*** David Hillson, the Risk Doctor, for his superb foreword!
I'm writing for you, the person grappling to get things done in organisations and my aim is to make your life better and your work more effective and fun, in the least possible time.
Clients of my company, Making Projects Work Ltd, include Celgene, Roche, NFU Mutual, Cmed Technology, Novo Nordisk, Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Quintiles, the UK NHS and other government departments, ESI, the National Grid, several leading UK Universities and international charities, big four consultancies, banks, insurance companies, telecoms and IT providers.